Almost one year ago I met for the first time Juan Antonio Nieto. He came with his wife Almudena to perform in Valencia at La ClÃnica Mundana. I didnât have so much clues about his work. By that time I had rushed to hear his bast oeuvre and I couldnât get a grasp of what he would perform on this tiny space in Valencia.
His concert arrived and it was a surprise, a blast of energy and a continuous flow of different ambiences, textures, drones and energy, pure sound energy floating over the space.
Using an extremly aseptic mis-en-sene Nieto managed to deliver a 30 minutes set that muted the space and made all think that there is no need for extras on a laptop concert, nor visuals or lights or whatever, if the sound is good thatâs all you need.
We spent the weekend together chating, touring around Valencia and mainly eating. We discover that we share more on food and gastronomy rather than in sound issues. Finally we ended up going to Madrid to perform on a festival (AcÃºfenos) organised by Nieto and Almudena. And by the end of the course he was back at La ClÃnica to physically deliver this Litium we present today.
A few years back I was talking to Jaume Muntsant, I told him that I wanted to release works by known friends and try as much as posible to meet them in person. Nieto is one of them, a good friend I know, as many others who have been in this catalogue and will be in the future. As always this is a major honour and pleasure.
As you can read (if you get that far in the text) I havenât talked about the album itself, I think I rather prefer to let this for you, listener.